Schools in fine voice for Bideford choir festival

Pupils from eight Bideford primary schools sing at the annual choir festival.

Pupils from eight Bideford primary schools sing at the annual choir festival. - Credit: Archant

280 pupils gather for annual festival at Bideford College.

CHILDREN from local primary schools were in fine voice when they gathered at Devon Hall, Bideford College for the annual Bideford Learning Community Choir Festival

It saw 280 pupils from eight of the college’s feeder primary schools meet for a day of rehearsal at Woolsery Village Hall followed by two concerts at the college on Tuesday, March 19.

Each school sang their own piece and there were two collaborative pieces, as well as a performance by the Northern Devon Section of the Devon Teachers’ Rock Choir.

The repertoire included a gospel version of the song, Place Your Hands by the band Reef and Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus, plus songs from pop through musical theatre to classical choral works.

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The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, and the parents of Dominic Greensmith, the drummer from Reef.

The band were unable to attend due to other commitments, but were excited to hear of the project and asked for a video of the schools’ version of the song so they could post it on their website.

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“It was wonderful to see children from schools across the area singing and meeting new friends,” said St Mary’s Primary School headteacher Adrian Scarrett, who co-ordinated the festival.

“The quality of the singing, this year, has improved immensely and was professionalism of the children in all performances was commented on by the head of the county’s music service.”

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